Barrow parkrun. Event #293 – 10th June 2017

The weather was decidedly unkind with heavy rain prior to, and during this weeks timed 5k event. We are very grateful for the team of 17 volunteers who endured the weather for 96 of us to participate in completing the challenging 2.5 lap undulating course around Barrow park, a quieter week than usual but understandably the wet weather doesn't suit everyone.
The event begins at the bandstand at 08:50 every Saturday morning.
Stephanie Kershaw was this weeks volunteer run director. She took us through a quick course briefing before runners, joggers and walkers made their way (already wet) to the start line. As always, it's really good to see how parkrun attracts people of all ages and abilities-from infants running with an adult to Septuagenarians (and beyond in previous weeks).
Erin Singleton, one of our junior regulars made it to her milestone 50th parkrun this week. Congratulations Erin. A Tribesports tshirt well deserved!
3 taking part this week were 1st timers and what a wet week to start, hopefully you'll come back next week for another go, as did 6 participants completing their 2nd parkrun. Thanks for coming along.
14 parkrunners achieved new personal best times. Very well done to you all. Well done indeed. Barrow welcomed several parkrun tourists including Todmordon Harrier - Josh Murphy, Max Nicholson from Southampton and Ashley Hughes of Saint Helens. We hope they enjoyed our parkrun.
1st finisher this week was Ryan Everett in a very respectable 18:54, I expect even though he ran the route faster than everyone else he got just as wet, 1st lady home this week was Alex Fairer in 8th position and time of 21:44, 1st Junior runner over the finish line was Edward Singleton in 26:35 and his 60th parkrun to date.
Brenda Bagley topped the age grade results with 77.86% with Ian Sadler scoring 76.90% put him in close 2nd place. Age grading takes into account a runners age and gender and is said to be a more accurate way to measure performance.
Members of local running groups made good attendances, 25 from Walney Wind Cheetahs, 10 Parkside Panthers, Furness Striders and Ulverston Harriers made up a further 7.
Leigh and Louie Trelore were our time keepers this week, tokens handed out by Patricia Newby.
Barcode scanners David Shaw and Alison McMenemy kept things moving along nicely too.
Afterwards, many participants, volunteers, and spectators headed to the cafe (close to the bandstand and finish line area), it's a great way to catch up with fellow runners while still buzzing from having done something really worthwhile.
If you feel like giving parkrun a try why not come along next week? It can't be any wetter than this week. It's free, fun and an energetic way to start the weekend. Register, print a barcode and bring it along with you to the bandstand at 08:50 on Saturday morning. Under 11's need to be within arms reach of a responsible adult, you can run fast, jog slowly, even walk a dog on a short leash.
Register here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
View the latest results here - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/barrow/results/latestresults/
If you'd like to volunteer then please do! Email barrowhelpers@parkrun.com It's a great way to meet new people and help out. It's nice to see what goes on if you are unsure about taking part, many of our volunteers have joined in running that way. Volunteers are an essential part of parkrun, they make it happen.
Gary Woodhouse

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